The past week has been interesting to say the least. The past 36 hours have been full of the unknown, coupled with mounting degrees of anxiety for many of us. A great deal of time today was spent evaluating this situation and trying to determine the next appropriate steps. Much prayer, thought and discussion has gone into making these decisions. This is uncharted territory and policy has had to be temporarily placed on hold in favor of our community and ultimately our families, in the end we are just trying to do what we feel is the right thing. Until we receive further guidelines from our national, state and/or local authorities the following action plan will be in place:
The week of March 16 – 20, 2020 The Lighthouse will be open for childcare only for both preschool and school age children. We will open at our normal 7 AM and close at 5 PM. Please make note of this time change. We will be operating with a limited number of staff members based on your response to our verbal polling today. Only families attending will be charged. No vacation credit days will need to be used by families choosing not to attend. Our published tuition rates will apply.
The week of March 23 – 27, 2020 The Lighthouse will be closed. Gov. DeWine’s announcement today directing Ohio families to use small alternative childcare options if they could over their childcare centers has caused an overwhelming majority of our parents to choose to work from home or have children stay with family members. This factor has made it financially impossible for us to keep the center open this week. No tuition will be charged for the week thereby negating the need for the use of any vacation credit days.
The week of March 30 – April 3, 2020 The Lighthouse will be closed for the same reasons as the previous week.
The week of April 6 – 10, 2020 Please check back here and on WHIO Closing & Delays for information regarding how we will proceed with this week.
Updates to this plan will be posted as additional information is available, please check back often.
At the end of the day we looked at our policies and procedures and tried to apply the normal to these very abnormal times and it just didn’t work. Both parents and staff are feeling many emotions including some degree of fear for the unknown with our families and loved ones. We learned from 9/11 that comfort comes in knowing our loved ones are close at hand when the world seems to be in chaos around us. Please embrace and enjoy every moment you each have with those you love. Please, know each and every one of you is loved so very much and in the course of the everyday ins and outs of running a business I don’t get to share that with you enough.
If you feel like doing so, check in once in a while, share a photo on here of how you are spending your time together and don’t forget to wash those hands – don’t touch your face and please take care of yourselves. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you need anything.
We’ll see you soon!
Isaiah 41:10 Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will hold you with my righteous right hand.